140 Nigerians bound for Europe stranded in Niger Republic evacuated and returned home

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said on Saturday that 140 Nigerians stranded in Niger Republic while trying to reach various European countries through the desert, have been rescued and returned home.

While receiving the returnees, NEMA Coordinator for the Kano Territorial Office, Nuradeen Abdullahi, said the Nigerians had been evacuated from Agadas in Niger.

Abdullahi said the returnees were brought back to Kano around 9:38 p.m. in three luxury buses under the custody of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The NEMA coordinator noted that the returnees had been brought back through a “voluntary repatriation program for people in distress who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey had become frustrating”.

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“The returnees included 100 adult men, 30 adult women and 10 children (six women and four men),” he said.

“Returnees come from different parts of the country, some from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jos, Lagos and Cross River, among other states,” Abdullahi added.

He explained that the returnees would be trained for four days to become self-sufficient and would receive a grant to start small businesses.

“Nigerians should avoid putting their lives at risk by traveling to seek greener pastures in other countries as no country is better than Nigeria,” Abdullahi said.

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